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PHOTOS and GAME SUMMARY: VCU Draws in Home Opener

The Rams waited until the 81st minute to tie the game against UNCW despite outshooting their opponent 13-8.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 1, UNCW 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 0-1-2, UNCW 1-1-1

The short story: A goal in the 81st minute by senior midfielder Sophie Brophy tied the game as the Rams and Seahawks battled to a 1-1 draw.

QUICK FACTS

  • Brophy scored her first collegiate goal.
  • VCU outshot UNCW 13-8. Both teams had five shots on goal.
  • Sophomore forward Kanna Matsuhisa led the Rams with four shots. She added an assist on the Brophy goal.
  • Senior goalkeeper Whitney Horton recorded four saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU’s first shot on goal came in the 25th minute by graduate student defender Amber Diorio.
  • The Rams chances continued soon after in the 28th minute with another shot on goal by junior forward Milicia Bulatovic, which led to a VCU corner kick.
  • UNCW’s Madison Henry scored in the 46th minute of the match.
  • The Rams first chance of the second half was a Diorio shot in the 65th minute.
  • In the 81st minute, a Matsuhisa corner kick set up a Brophy header to tie the match.

UP NEXT
The Rams take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Sports Backers Stadium. Watch live on ESPN+.

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PHOTOS and GAME SUMMARY: VCU Gives up Lead Twice Settle for a Draw

The Rams have played 10 games (3 in Atlantic 10) and have yet to notch a win. After last night they have 5 draws and 5 losses.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 2, Loyola Chicago 2
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 0-5-5 (0-0-3 Atlantic 10), Loyola Chicago 5-2-3 (1-2-1 Atlantic 10)

The short story: The Rams and Ramblers exchanged goals throughout the match, ultimately ending up in a 2-2 deadlock when the final whistle blew.

QUICK FACTS

  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper John Ermini had a busy night in net, collecting eight saves.
  • The Rams shot the ball nine times, five of which were on goal.
  • Sophomore midfielder Philip Klomp and freshman forward Jean-Claude Bile each netted their second goals of the 2022 campaign.  For Klomp, it is the third goal of his college career.
  • It was a clean game by both sides, with no yellow or red cards.
  • This was the first ever match between VCU and Loyola Chicago, the newest member of the A-10 Conference.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After a back-and-forth start, the Black and Gold broke through first with a long-range goal by Bile in the 37th minute, off of a nifty assist from sophomore midfielder Damian Gallegos.
  • It looked as if the Rams would take a lead into halftime, but Loyola Chicago responded with a Ben Bischof goal in the final minute of the opening half.
  • Coming out of the locker room, the Rams quickly grabbed the lead back. In the 46th minute, freshman midfielder Moussa Ndiaye’s shot banged off the right post, but Klomp was in the right place at the right time to deposit the rebound in the back of the net.
  • As the minutes ticked away, the Ramblers ramped up their attack, shooting the ball 22 times in the second half.  Loyola Chicago’s aggressive offense culminated in an 87th minute goal off the head of Oscar Dueso.

HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“This is the first time that we’ve been ahead twice, and both times that we went ahead we became too passive and felt like we needed to just kill out the game. It’s a new lesson to learn. It hasn’t been a situation that we’ve been in yet, and after scoring two good goals, we needed to kind of put our foot to the pedal and keep it going and be more aggressive. A difficult lesson to learn, but one that has to be learned. These are not things that we just intrinsically know. Everything’s new for us. Good job against another top-25 type team to go ahead twice, but then honestly just too passive. In the end, I didn’t think the ball crossed the line, but we have the benefit of video replay that the referees do not.”

UP NEXT

The Rams hit the road for their next three contests, starting with an A-10 showdown at Davidson College this Saturday, Oct. 8.  The match versus the Wildcats begins at 7 p.m.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Fall to FIU

A defensive battle ends with the Rams losing 1-0 on Tuesday night.

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Official VCU Game Summary

Score: Florida International 1, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU 0-5-4, FIU 5-3

The short story: It was an even match for much of the contest, however, an FIU goal in the 46th minute was enough to secure a victory for the visiting Panthers.

QUICK FACTS

  • Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper John Ermini played all 90 minutes in net, coming up with two key second half saves to keep the game close
  • Freshman forward Papa Toure led the Rams’ offensive effort with three shots. Sophomore midfielder Philip Klomp got off two shots of his own
  • Freshman defender Hayato Miyano and freshman midfielder Graham Dougald each saw their first game action of the season
  • FIU only outshot the Rams by a count of 3-2 in shots on goal despite outshooting VCU 23-12 in the match

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first half came and went with limited great scoring opportunities for either side. The Panthers had eight shots in the opening half to VCU’s three
  • FIU came out of the halftime locker room with a quick offensive strike, culminating in the lone goal of the game by Simon Afrifa in the 46th minute
  • The Rams picked up their attack after surrendering the early second half goal as VCU recorded nine of its 12 shot attempts in the second half
  • VCU had both shots on goal following FIU’s early second half goal but the Rams were unable to tie to the game

HEAR FROM HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD

“We certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game tonight. A little bit of good fortune for them and bad fortune for us in the way the ball bounced. Good response to getting into the mid-week rhythm, an adjustment from last week when it was our first time playing three games in seven days, and so I was really pleased with the guys for that. We had a little run of time there in the first half where we had to absorb and just kind of gutted through that. Then, the rest of the game kind of went how we wanted it to go. Guys are learning, and we got two more freshman into their first minutes, and I thought both of those guys performed well. Guys are just growing into the season and coming along, against another top-25 type team, the margins are very small.  We’re getting into the positions where we control the game more and more as we go, but some cutting edge in the final third is still needing to occur. But we looked at some things yesterday with our movements and runs in the box, and I was proud of the guys who were in those positions and responded and got to good spots. Sometimes the ball did not arrive, sometimes it wasn’t quite accurate, sometimes the keeper saved it, and sometimes they missed, but we’re getting to positions where we can create more high-percentage chances, not as often as we can or we’re going to be capable of long-term, but much more than a week ago, and way, way more than two weeks ago. Pleased with the performance, just not with the result. But performances over time, the game is honest. If you keep doing the things you need to do, the results will come the way we need it. ”

UP NEXT

The Black and Gold resume their A-10 Conference slate on Saturday, Oct. 1 when they play host to Rhode Island.  Kickoff time is at 7 p.m. and it will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Give Up Lead Settle for Draw

For the second game in a row the Kickers had the lead and gave it up for a draw.

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Official Kickers Game Summary

RICHMOND KICKERS  1    36′ Bryant (Bolanos)

CENTRAL VALLEY FUEGO FC  1 69′ Crisler (Own Goal)

The Richmond Kickers (13-7-7, 46 pts) extended their unbeaten streak to six with a 1-1 draw against visiting Central Valley Fuego FC (9-10-8, 34 pts), Saturday night, as Jonathan Bolanos recorded his 11th assist of the season, the most in a single season in league history, and the club set a new attendance record of 5,304 fans.

While Central Valley enjoyed the majority of the chances in the first half, it was the Kickers who capitalized with their lone shot on target.

In the 36th minute, Ethan Bryant found an open space and took the dribble, finding Bolanos who was making a wide run. Bolanos carried the ball forward before cutting the ball back to Bryant in space just outside the 18-yard-box. The midfielder took a touch and shot a rocket into the top corner of the net, giving the Kickers the lead going into the locker room.

The Kickers continued to press for more chances in the second half, and every chance became more and more dangerous.

In the 52nd minute, Matthew Bentley took the ball from the defensive half and was able to find Nil Vinyals. The Spaniard found Bolanos with a pass who rifled it to Bentley who made a run into the box. The forward had enough time to get off a point-blank shot but it was saved by the charging Fuego goalkeeper.

Immediately after, Akira Fitzgerald was able to save a low near post shot from Central Valley’s Maxi Schenfeld.

Another near chance came in the 62nd minute when Emiliano Terzaghi crossed midfield with the ball and saw the Fuego goalkeeper off his line. The Argentine ripped a shot that caught the keeper off guard but didn’t curl enough en route and went just wide of the goal.

In the 70th minute, Central Valley leveled the scoreline from a corner kick. Fuego put the ball in a dangerous area that appeared to take a touch off a Kickers player in the box before crossing the line resulting in an awarded own goal.

The Kickers would control the remaining minutes of the match as Fuego went down to 10 men in the 80th minute after Sergio Chavez collided with Owayne Gordon in transition and received his second yellow of the night.

In the 85th minute, Stephen Payne received the ball and dribbled all the way into the box, crossing the ball to a charging Ethan Vanacore-Decker. The sub got to the ball but his one-time effort went just over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, the Kickers were rewarded with a corner kick. Vinyals took the kick and found Jalen Crisler who moved ahead of his marker and got his head on the ball. However, his effort would go just over the crossbar.

With the point against Fuego FC, the Kickers extended their lead in the USL League One standings and currently sit five points ahead of second-place Greenville Triumph SC. Richmond still holds serve on earning the first spot in the league playoffs with three matches remaining in the regular season.

The Kickers have two upcoming road matches on Saturday, Oct. 1 at South Georgia Tormenta FC and Saturday, Oct. 8 at Forward Madison FC before returning home to host Greenville Triumph SC in the USL League One regular-season finale. The club will host Fan Appreciation Night. Kickoff on Oct. 15 is set for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at richmondkickers.com/tickets.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at RichmondKickers.com and on the official team app.

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